The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is dedicated to the central practice of awakening. The activities of the Center cultivate awareness of the essential beauty and dignity of life coming from full engagement with life-as-it-is.
The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is named after Jikai Dainin Katagiri Roshi, the root teacher of Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal. Jikai, Compassionate Ocean, refers to reality itself, which always holds us and bathes us with compassion. Even though we may not be aware of it, even though we may be experiencing a lot of suffering, still we are held in the great ocean of Buddha's compassion.
The Center offers programs in Zen practice and study as well as programs in mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
Please note that there will be no sangha gatherings on Friday, November 29 or December 6. Please join us for part or all of Rohatsu sesshin. Information below.
Rohatsu: Buddha’s Enlightenment Sesshin
Led by Joen Snyder O’Neal & Michael O’Neal and Byakuren Judith Ragir.
Sesshin literally means “to gather the heart/mind.” The December Rohatsu (“seven-day”) sesshin commemorates and reenacts the seven days of meditation culminating in the enlightenment of the Buddha, traditionally celebrated on Dec. 8. Rohatsu sesshin take place at Zen centers through- out the world at this time. This sesshin offers a special op- portunity to touch the depth of human life, supporting and being supported by innumerable beings.
This sesshin will be held jointly with Clouds in Water Zen Center and is open to community members as well as others who have had experience with Buddhist practice and meditation. If this will be your first retreat with us, please call Compassionate Ocean in advance to discuss.
Participants can register for one to six days. Registration will open in October with fees and registration information available at www.cloudsinwater.org. Early registration is encouraged.
Monday, December 2, 9:30AM - Saturday December 7, 5:00 PM
Clouds in Water Zen Center, 308 Prince St., St. Paul
Fee: $45/day for nonmembers, $36/day for members of Compassionate Ocean Dharma or Clouds in Water.
Winter Program Highlights
• Introductory Programs in Mindfulness offered in Minneapolis and St. Paul
• Buddhist Studies courses – Loving Kindness; Buddhism 101
• One-day Retreats – Saturday, January 18 – Saturday, February 15 – Saturday, March 15
• Weekend Retreat at Ryumonji – April 18 - 20
The registration form is available here for printing and mailing or you may register online.